GMA-7 is the only Philippine TV network to earn medals during the 2016 New York Festivals.
ABS-CBN, TV5 and CCTV News received finalist certificates during the awarding ceremony held at Las Vegas' Westgate Resort and Casino Hotel.
In addition, Kara David was the only Filipino broadcast journalist tapped to serve as a presenter during the awards night held last April 19.
The Kapuso Network received 4 world medals and 5 finalist certificates from the award-giving body that aims to recognize the "World’s Best TV & Film" in news, documentary, information and entertainment programmes.
Entries were received from over 50 countries, making the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards one of the most prestigious and widely respected competitions in the world.
The shows that earned bronze medals were I-Witness, Reporter’s Notebook, Reel Time, and Front Row.
I-Witness won the bronze medal in the Community Portraits category for its Dorm 12 documentary. Kara David featured aging and forgotten inmates at the Correctional Institute for Women for this docu.
Reporter’s Notebook also earned a bronze medal for Hikahos sa Lungsod (The Big City Dream's Son). Maki Pulido's report was cited in the Social Issues category for tackling urban migration.
Front Row’s “Maestra Salbabida” took home a bronze in the Community Service Programs category, depicting a teacher in Mindoro who crosses rivers using a makeshift floating device to reach the barrio where she teaches.
Lastly, GMA News TV’s Reel Time earned another bronze in the Human Concerns category for its “Isang Paa sa Hukay” documentary on small-scale mining operations in Camarines Norte.
On the other hand, three GMA News and Public Affairs programs received finalist certificates.
One of these was Philippine TV’s first bayaniserye, Ilustrado, which featured Alden Richards as Jose Rizal.
The other shows were Bawal ang Pasaway kay Mareng Winnie and Brigada. Two projects from the Kapuso Network's Program Support Department were also shortlisted: Ilustrado’s opening billboard and GMA News TV's Father’s Day plug.
ABS-CBN earned three finalist certificates from the 59th edition of the New York Festivals.
One of these was for Nathaniel (Family Programs category), which was topbilled by Gerald Anderson, Shaina Magdayao and child actor Marco Masa.
The other certificates were for Rated K: Ayokong Tumanda (Never Grow Old), Rated K, Handa Na Ba Kayo? for the Biography/Profiles category and Mukha (Faces) for the Human Concerns category.
TV5 also earned a finalist certificate for Wealth of The Nation (Environment & Ecology category) while CCTV News also got one for The Philippines' Gun Problem (Current Affairs category).